TimesSelect: Meets expectations, dies

Also, Google takes on PowerPoint, Yahoo takes on MySpace and Apple takes on the U.K.

By Farhad Manjoo
Published September 18, 2007 7:48PM (UTC)
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  • The New York Times kills its TimesSelect subscription program. Now you can get all the paper's columnists -- and most of its archives -- without paying $49.95 per year. The paper says that the program had met expectations -- winning 227,000 subscribers -- but that the expectations had been too low, not taking into account higher online ad rates and the traffic turned away by the pay wall (which, as Mickey Kaus notes, is what everyone had predicted).
  • The iPhone jumps across the pond: Apple has chosen O2 as the exclusive carrier for the device in the U.K. Brits can get one on Nov. 9.
  • Google adds a presentation program to its apps suite, taking on PowerPoint. Say goodbye to schlepping your slides on dinky USB drives.
  • Yahoo launches a social-networking site called Mash. Difference from every other network: It lets you edit other folks' profiles. Enough to overcome social network fatigue?
  • The smiley-face emoticon turns 25. :-)

Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo is a Salon staff writer and the author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society.

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